I have an idea
We live on a large tract of old, rich farmland. We have enough space for a very large vegetable garden, one that would get a full day's sun, decent rainfall, and would produce well. I've always dreamed of putting in a very large garden, but I don't have the ability to dig up the lawn, rebuild the soil, plow the rows, and plant the garden. I'm not strong enough, I don't have the financial wherewithall to hire a professional, and I have extremely lazy children that will not garden. This past summer I stared at the garden space for countless hours, dreaming of what could go in there if I only had help.
My brainstorm today was to do a small 'community garden'. In exchange for the shared space, I'd 'lease' the land to 4 or 5 families, we'd plan a garden, and share the produce. It would be like a teeny tiny CSA. There isn't enough land to support more than 5 families, I don't think, but we could plant 2 dozen tomato plants, beans, peas, peppers, cukes, eggplant, brussel spouts, lettuces, and maybe a few exotics. We probably don't have enough land to support 4 rows of corn, the minimum you can plant for a decent output. But I don't know. I envision 2 plots, one for herbs, lettuces, and short plants. And a larger garden for taller plants and tomato cages.
My questions are:
Would you, if you lived in a fairly wooded area, take advantage of a private community garden? (Our town is very tree-centric and most people don't have enough sun to grow much of anything.)
Would you be willing to share produce with other families?
Would you put in the work in order to keep the garden pest free and the plants producing well?
Would you share in the cost to rototill and rebuild the soil?
How would you find willing participants?
How would you make up a summer contract for each growing season?
How much time would be required as work time for each family?
Would you only work with people you know, or would you be willing to trust strangers knowing that you're on the property much of the time?
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